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‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

What 'GTA 5' Teaches Us About The Unsettling Future Of Immersion

Grand Theft Auto 5, out for more than a year already, has found itself even causing controversy in its re-release, something only Grand Theft Auto could do. The issue is that in response to an online petition, Target and Kmart have pulled the game from store shelves in Australia, leading to an …

Wired microbes turn sewage into electricity

A new way to generate electricity from sewage uses naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants to produce electricity as they digest …

Famo.us Finally Rolls Into (Very) Private Beta, Hires A Founder Of Facebook’s Dev Platform As VP Of Engineering

Back at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, Famo.us announced a Javascript framework for building super complex yet still super-smooth HTML5 apps. They promised to let developers build rich, 3D, Iron-Man-esque interfaces running in the browser at 40 frames per second, no plug-ins required.<p>Almost exactly a …

Dear Apple: Good Luck Against The Smartphone Black Market

Last week, Apple introduced two new iPhones with new features, including fingerprint recognition on one model, and extra password protections. But the new technology is up against a sophisticated black market that has had years to grow and adapt to meet the world's desire for smartphones.<p>To call …

Microsoft And Nokia: The Reaction, The Fine Print, The Analysis–And Edwin Moses

Will Nokia reinvent itself again? Was this purchase an attempt to stop the only manufacturer of Windows Phone devices from ceasing production? What about the Finns?<p>With the post-Labor Day news that Microsoft was to acquire Nokia’s devices and license various parts of the Finnish firm’s …

The Internet’s next victim: Advertising

<b>(ozgurdonmaz via iStock/Salon)</b><p>What the story of AdBlock Plus tells us: The online economy is broken, and won’t be easy to fix<p>Andrew Leonard<p>September 2, 2013 8:30pm (UTC)<p>"Everyone agrees that advertising on the Internet is broken," says Till Faida, CEO of Adblock Plus, creator of by far the most …

5 Landscape Photography Tips for Photographing Mountains

After graduating from photography school, I spent a good deal of my twenties photographing the cityscapes of New York. In my thirties, after I …

Use Beach Glass as an Awesome Medium for Photo Transfers

One of our popular posts back in 2011 was a quick video tutorial on how you can use Mod Podge to transfer photographs onto blocks of wood (we also …

An Introduction to the Inverse Square Law

I don’t know about you, but I was never much of a math student. I needed a tutor in high school for both geometry and physics. I chose a double major …

Downfall of ancient Greece blamed on 300-year drought

Science News<p>A 300-year drought may have caused the demise of several Mediterranean cultures, including ancient Greece, new research suggests.<p>A sharp drop in rainfall may have led to the collapse of several eastern Mediterranean civilizations, including ancient Greece, around 3,200 years ago. The …

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What Your Camera’s Auto Bracketing Feature Can Do and How to Use It

Cameras today are a marvel of modern technology, giving us beautifully exposed, wonderfully sharp images much of the time. There are times however …

Ink Droplets in Water: Creative High Speed Photography

Ink drops have been a favorite among photographers when it comes to shooting liquids. Perhaps it’s because of the freedom to choose any color and …

How to Dress as a Wedding Photographer

No matter where you live in the US, if you Google “wedding photographer,” your search engine will generate a list of at least ten professional party …

UN Expert Worries About Killer Robots, Ignores The Ones That Already Exist

Autonomous war robots are coming. Panicking about them will only make things worse.<p>Yesterday, a United Nations expert called for a halt and moratorium on developing "lethal autonomous robotics," or, in layman's terms, "killer robots."<p>His argument: once killer robots take part in war, there will be …

NHTSA calls on states to legalize self-driving car testing

In California, self-driving cars are street legal. Florida, and Nevada allow for self-driving autos to be tested on their roads, and Michigan may soon join the club. But so far, the 46 other states in the US have steered clear of automated automobiles — something the Department of Transportation's …

Researchers Unveil A Thought-Controlled Drone

A month ago this was Iron Man 3 level science fiction. Now? Reality.<p>Researchers at the University of Minnesota today revealed a drone that can be controlled merely by thought, and that's not even the coolest thing about it. Published in the <i>Journal of Neuro Engineering</i>, the project has implications …

What is a weapon? What is a soldier? And what if drones are better killers than us?

Rosa Brooks, a former Pentagon official who is now a Georgetown law professor (and a fellow FP writer), said the lines of warfare and much else are …

Robot wars: after drones, a line we must not cross

Drones are becoming dated technology: we may now be able to hand over some of the life-and-death decisions of war to robots.<p>From the perspective of those engaged in modern warfare, lethal autonomous robots (LARs) offer distinct advantages. They have the potential to process information and to act …

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A terrifying robot shows you the emotions slime mold can't express

Slime mold can already behave in ways that are surprisingly intelligent, but what if it smiled like us and cried like us — or, at least, like a horrifying facsimile of us? An installation at London's Living Machines conference provides a fascinating, disturbing answer. As reported by <i>New Scientist</i>, …

Watch A 3-D Printed Robot Slide Under Doors

The Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot is also pretty good at pool.<p>Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab created the Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot, a 3-D printed insectoid 'bot that can crawl under doors, limbo-style.<p>STAR, for short, can extend or detract …

Mother Nature talks nanotech: quantum dots

Xiaohu Gao, University of Washington Xiaohu Gao, University of Washington Xiaohu Gao/University of Washington/Eurekalert<p>Quantum dots, suspended in liquid, absorb white light and re-emit it in a specific colour depends on the particle size. Photograph: Xiaohu …

The flipping hexapod robot that can climb stairs and jump obstacles

A robot that walks on six legs, mimicking the mobility of animals, has been unveiled in Pennsylvania.<p>The six-legged robot is not bound by the obstacles that have restricted its kind for years.<p>University of Pennsylvania engineering professor Daniel Koditschek and fifth-year Ph.D. student Aaron …

FYI: Can Staying Positive Extend Your Life?

Maybe, but no one has ever proved it.<p>The belief that optimism can keep you alive—or at least stave off cancer—gained traction after the release of a study in the Lancet medical journal in 1979. The study followed six dozen recovering breast-cancer patients for five years. Researchers found that …

All the cool face masks the NFL doesn't want you to see

The NFL has decided to drop the hammer on the use of personalized face masks, like the one Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis planned to use. A number of players intended to switch to a more protective “grill” style face mask, which makes it harder for opposing players to grab and wrench …

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Can 'Brain Freeze' Cause Long-Term Brain Damage?

And is it already too late?!<p>We've all sucked down a milkshake so quickly that it causes a sudden headache—the dreaded brain freeze. But . . . milkshake. Tasty. Must. Drink. Could chugging the rest of that shake cause lasting brain damage?<p>First, let's get one thing straight. "This condition is …

Why Can't Science Keep Up With Sports Doping?

Scientists and anti-doping regulators are often a step behind dishonest athletes.<p><b>Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees star third baseman, is one of 13 major league baseball players charged with taking performance-enhancing drugs and, in some cases, lying about the matter to investigators. Major</b> …